Melbourne, Australia, August 13, 2012 — Australian research into carbon capture and storage (CCS) has taken a step forward with the launch of The Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage Research.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) will direct research at the new center, which has been sponsored by Rio Tinto with $3 million in funding over 3 years.
A further $3 million in Rio Tinto funding over 3 years will support the CO2CRC Otway Project, Australia's first demonstration of geological carbon dioxide storage, as a field site for carbon storage research.
Incorporating extensive research already underway at the University of Melbourne, the Peter Cook Centre for CCS Research will initially host over 30 scientists working on CCS, including a recently funded professor of carbon storage supported by the Victorian government.
The center, named for the geologist and founder of CO2CRC Professor Peter Cook, will link researchers with the CO2CRC Otway Project Subsurface Storage Laboratory, which has been safely storing carbon dioxide deep underground since 2008.
Victoria is a natural location for development of CCS, as the future of the state's large brown coal reserves is dependent on new low emission technologies. Victoria also has offshore CCS storage potential as well.